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[Ambassador report] One of world’s rarest turtles dies

by Sumit Chowdhury | 16-05-2019 03:22 Comments 5 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.

The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown.

The turtle died Saturday afternoon, the Suzhou city government said in a statement, citing the zoo. It said experts have already used technology to collect the turtle's ovarian tissue for future research.

The state-run People's Daily reported that the turtle was over 90 years old and had undergone a fifth attempt at artificial insemination shortly before she died.

A medical examination found the turtle to be in good health prior to the procedure, the People's Daily said, and the artificial insemination appeared to go smoothly. But the turtle died the following day.

Yangtze giant softshell turtles originated in China, making their homes in the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake, according to the People's Daily. The species is often referred to as the most endangered turtle in the world.

Suzhou authorities said Chinese and foreign experts are investigating the cause of the turtle's death.

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5 Comments

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Sumit

    Thank you for your report about the death of One of world??s rarest turtles. Its so sad news to hear this.

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 17-06-2019 05:41

Louis Mentor

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Sumit,

    I am sorry to inform you that this report is not acceptable because this is a direct copy from an external source (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/yangtze-giant-softshell-turtle-worlds-rarest-turtle-female-dies-china-zoo/), and this is a serious violation of plagiarism. Please rewrite this report otherwise, this report will not be considered as proper submission.

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 20-05-2019 23:07

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello sumit.
    This is truly heart pricking.
    Thank you so much for this report.
    Green cheers!
    Posted 17-05-2019 16:00

Himani Chand

  • Himani Chand says :
    Thank you for this report.
    Really it's a sad news to know.
    Posted 17-05-2019 10:22

Nishan kc

  • Nishan kc says :
    Pity!!!
    Globally threatened species are on the brink because of extensive anthropogenic threats.
    Thanks @Sumit for letting us to know the news.
    Posted 16-05-2019 20:44

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